My name is Brother Joseph Bach, O.S.F., and I am a member of the Congregation of Religious Brothers of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis, also known as the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. Currently, I am the Director of Vocations. I am originally from Hamilton, Ohio and I’m the second of four children. I have ministered in Education as a teacher on the elementary, high school, and college levels and was an elementary school principal. Most recently, I taught Theology at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, NY and St. Anthony High School on Long Island, NY. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and a graduate certificate in Franciscan Studies. I have also studied at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans and the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.
I have wanted to be a Franciscan since I was in 7 th Grade when my teacher, Sister Lucille, a Sister of St. Francis of Oldenburg, took my class for a Confirmation retreat led by a Franciscan Friar. I was immediately attracted to the Franciscan Charism and was excited that I could be a Franciscan like Sister Lucille and the other Sisters who taught me. I had never met a male Franciscan before this! At first, I thought I wanted to be a priest but ultimately discerned that my vocation was to be a Franciscan teaching Brother.
Something interesting about me is that I enjoy watching varsity boys’ soccer and girls’ lacrosse. I have been a Franciscan Advisor to both of these Championship teams (the power of Franciscan prayer!). I also enjoy driving a school bus for these teams that we call the “victory bus” when I drive! My Franciscan Brothers often joke with me about how much fun driving a bus is for me…but when there’s a need, a Franciscan Brother is there!
I look forward to being a mentor and I am excited about accompanying those who are discerning!
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